Don't-Miss Productivity software Stories
Good news: Microsoft finally released an iPhone app for Office. Bad news: It's not the kind of app we were hoping for.
Knock their socks off and seal the deal with presentation tools that give you new takes on the same old slides—from eye-catching imagery to data visualization that goes way, way beyond the pie chart.
It's hard to use a modern computer interface without a mouse or trackpad, but Shortcat helps you reduce your dependency on point-and-click in favor of clever keyboard-based shortcuts that work nearly everywhere on your Mac.
Thread Contact is a nicely designed contact management app, but its features are sparse when compared to similar apps.
Building upon the already excellent Together 2, the new revision adds some compelling capabilities.
LibreOffice is a competitive alternative to Microsoft Office that is extensible, highly compatible, highly configurable, and free.
If all you want to do is list the occasional “remember this” item, Fetchnotes will do. But if you want to organize or share your notes, the app’s features fall short.
Scapple is a promising free-form, nonlinear, mind-mapping text editor that works well on its own or with Scrivener.
Mail Pilot is a Kickstarter-turned-mail app that aims to turn your email into a date-based to-do list. It largely succeeds, though it's not quite ready for a spot on your home screen just yet.
Springpad makes it easy to save, share, and organize your digital information. This free service lets you "spring" information from the Web, photos, notes, and more, and organize it into notebooks that you can share if you'd like.
TopXNotes is an app for serious note takers, with an impressive array of features that provide an excellent user experience.
If you find yourself typing the same text strings over and over, navigating to the same file-locations, or running through the same menus, you need to try Keyboard Maestro.
Haiku Deck has to restrain your options a little bit, but it’ll help you make a presentation that is solidly professional and elegant. It’s easy enough to use that even a PowerPoint newbie should be able to master it in minutes.
Writing a script is fun. Formatting a script? Less so. Highland won't replace Final Draft for most professionals, but it's a wonderful supplemental tool for getting the most important part—the writing—on digital paper.
Eye-Friendly's keyboard shortcuts and multiple-display support make it a nice resolution switcher for Retina MacBooks.